10th Annual “Celebrate the Center” Pancake Breakfast

 Click Here to Purchase Tickets

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019  Time: 8:00am-11:00am Cost: $7 for all you can eat pancakes ($5.00 for children 12 and under.)

Where: Youth Ag & Leadership Foundation of Rohnert Park, 6445 Commerce Blvd.

We invite you to join us as we “Celebrate the Center” with our 10th Annual Pancake Breakfast.

Come enjoy a great breakfast while seeing some wonderful silent auction items, 4-H project displays and & our facility.


2014 Shining Star Honoree – Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines is Recipient of 4-H Foundation’s Shining Star Award

Jackson Family Wines of Santa Rosa is the 2014 recipient of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County’s Shining Star Award in recognition of the wine company’s extraordinary support of the 4-H Club program.

The Shining Star Award annually recognizes an individual or business that has made significant and meaningful contributions to 4-H. The award will be presented at the 4-H Foundation Barbecue on Sept. 13 at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens in Fulton.

Jackson Family Wines and the Jackson family have graciously donated the site as the venue for this year’s 4-H Foundation BBQ. Last year the Jackson Family hosted the 4-H Foundation BBQ at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor. In addition to providing the site for the annual event, the Jackson Family is a major buyer at the 4-H Foundation’s auction.

Katie Jackson, daughter of winery founders Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson, said her family is dedicated to giving back to the community, particularly, to causes that support agriculture, education and youth.

“As a family owned agricultural business that started in Sonoma County, we really care about financially supporting groups like 4-H and FFA in Sonoma County and the other counties throughout California where we do business,” said Katie Jackson, director of government affairs, sustainability and community outreach for her family’s wine company.

2014 4H Alumni Honoree – Floyd Ridenhour

Congratulations to our 2014 4-H Alumni honoree Floyd Ridenhour!

Floyd Ridenhour, an executive with American AgCredit who has been involved with 4-H most of his life, first as a member and now as a leader and staunch supporter, is the 2014 recipient of the 4-H Alumni Award.

The 4-H Alumni Award, presented by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, honors a former 4-H Club member who upholds the values of leadership, citizenship and community service, which are the hallmarks of the 4-H program. Ridenhour, who continues to give back to the community in the 4-H tradition, will be honored at the 4-H Foundation’s BBQ on Sept. 13.

Ridenhour credits 4-H for his work ethic, core values and the career path that lead him to a long and successful career with American AgCredit.

Ridenhour grew up in Solano County where he was a member of the Upper Suisun Valley 4-H Club for eight years. His 4-H projects were sheep, sugar beets, aviation and cooking. He was a junior leader for three different 4-H Clubs in Solano County.

Ridenhour has served as a sheep leader for the last 20 years in Sonoma County. He is a long-time director and treasurer of the 4-H Foundation.

About 4H


Want to join 4-h?


4-H’ers across the nation are responding to challenges every day in their communities and their world.

With a rich history and an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
Proven Results

The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is the first-ever research project of its kind. The decade-long study, completed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, Medford, MA, is influencing research and practice around the world.

The report shows that 4-H youth excel beyond their peers. 4-H’ers are about:
Four times more likely to make contributions to their communities(Grades 7-12);
Two times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12);
Two times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7);
Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10 – 12); and
4-H girls are two times  more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.
Unparalleled Reach and Scope

With 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators. Fueled by research-driven programming, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship and healthy living.
Leading by Example

The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires young people in 4-H to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers chart their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world. 4-H’ers stand up for themselves and their communities.

These pivotal experiences build a foundation of leadership and skills for success in their future careers. Learn more about 4-H programs or find out how you can get involved.

*Information above found on www.4-H.org/about/
4-H in Sonoma County

Sonoma County 4-H Clubs are part of the University of California Cooperative Extension and State 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H is a dynamic, changing organization evolving to meet the needs of youth in a changing society and world.

The 4-H program was established in Sonoma County in 1926 to help provide clubs for rural youth. It was designed to teach better home economics and agricultural techniques, and to foster character development and good citizenship.

The program has slowly expanded to include urban and suburban youth. Today the national program has nearly 5 million youth involved in clubs, after school programs, day camps, school enrichment programs, and in other delivery methods addressing the needs of our changing society. All of these methods utilize project based learning to assist youth with life skills development.

The Cooperative Extension under the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources administers the 4-H program. Sonoma County Cooperative Extension is a cooperative program of the University, Sonoma County, and the US Department of Agriculture.

    4-H Mission, Purpose, and Goals
Whether youth participate in clubs, after school programs, day camps, or in other program settings, the 4-H mission, purpose, and goals remain the same… to help youth develop to their full potential!

4-H Mission
The 4-H mission is to “engage youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.”

4-H Purpose
The purpose of 4-H is to:
» Provide youth with learn-by-doing educational experiences.
» Strengthen families and communities.
» Foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults.
» Use research-based knowledge from the land-grant university system

4-H Club Goals
The goals of 4-H are to help young people:
» Develop skills that benefit youth throughout life.
» Acquire knowledge and skills and explore careers.
» Develop initiative and assume responsibility.
» Achieve satisfaction from work and accomplishments.
» Develop leadership and be of service to others.
» Choose from alternatives and plan satisfying lives.
» Develop the ability to live and work cooperatively with others.
» Develop positive self images.

*Information above found on http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/About_4-H/

“Leaving a Legacy” Dr.Fred Groverman

Dr. Fred Groverman currently walks with a limp, but many people are amazed that he is walking at all. He was recently hit from behind by a ram that shattered one of his knees.

At 79, Groverman was out of bed and hobbling around as soon as the leg could support weight. That kind of determination and resolve doesn’t surprise people who know the Petaluma native who spent most of his career as a veterinarian in Cotati.

When he was 9, Groverman was milking cows by hand on the family farm. He also was responsible for selling cream, driving the wagon, gathering eggs from the farm’s 8,000 chickens.

He got interested in treating animals when a local vet helped him heal a stubborn cut on his arm using the same compound he had used on the cows a week earlier. After high school he enrolled at UC-Davis.

Three weeks after classes started, his father died unexpectedly. Groverman returned home to tend to the family farm and spent the next year taking classes at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Once back at Davis, he lived in the sheep barn for a year, then moved to the firehouse. For three years he balanced coursework with fire drills, becoming a lieutenant in the process.

Groverman met his wife, Patricia, at UC-Davis and married her in 1957 during his last year in veterinarian school. She passed away last year, after 54 years of marriage.

Although Groverman did not belong to 4-H while growing up, the couple’s four children joined, as have five of their six grandchildren. The lone holdout is only 3.

“I’ve seen what it has done for them,” he said. Daughter Karen now works at the Agricultural Commissioner office in Sacramento County. Son James owns a successful pumpkin patch and corn maze. Daughter Judy is the executive director of the Artisan Cheese Festival and has managed the Santa Rosa Rose Parade for the past 15 years. Son Bill is an appraiser who works with agricultural and commercial properties.

“Because of their success, I am trying to give back,” Groverman said. “I look at my daughter and sons, and I can see how (4-H) leadership has propelled them to be excellent at what they do.”

He started in 1982 with the 4-H foundation, which provides funds for grants, scholarships and promotion, and just finished a four-year term as president.

“His leadership, his vision and his persistence to keeping the program alive is remarkable,” said Executive Director Susan Hansen. “We are so lucky to have his experience and wisdom.”

In the 1970s he started working as an animal solicitor. Each year he asks 60-80 people to let him represent them at the Sonoma County Fair. Using a record of what they paid the year before, he bids on 4-H and FFA animals. With his experience and reputation, they trust him to make the best buy.

“It’s all about the relationship between me and the buyer,” Groverman explained. “If something happens, then I buy the animal.”

Over the past six years, 4-H and FFA have raised more than $1 million a year. “(In) my own kids’ case, they had $8,000 to $12,000 in savings by the time they graduated from high school,” Groverman said.

Since 1976, he also has served as fair veterinarian.

For the past four year, Groverman also has connected with children in the classroom, teaching Veterinary Adventures to fourth, fifth and sixth graders during the summer at Sonoma State University. His granddaughter Megan, 13, took the class and now acts as an unpaid intern.

He leads field trips to his ranch, with the primary goal of teaching the kids about animals.

“I also focus on leadership because that seems to be something really lacking in this world,” he said. Groverman’s newest goal is increasing the amount of diversity in the 4-H program. “You learn from your experiences,” he said. “That is how kids can be successful … from these life skills they learn and observe,” he said.

Even after a lifetime of service, Groverman’s fire seems to burn as bright today as it ever has.

“You get paid for it in the heart,” he said.

“My ultimate goal is that my legacy lives on as they live on. If I can teach some kid something he uses for the rest of his life, that is an impact. Then he can do the same. It becomes contagious and infectious.”

Related Posts